ToiL

by Steve Blaque

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about

ToiL was born from the ongoing struggle of having to work for a living and try to compose and or perform music and to hopefully get better as time would pass by.

The album was originally meant to be released in 2016 and was to be one of two albums that I wanted to put out. ToiL being comprised of mostly cover songs from my live shows and the other being Bleak which would have been originals that had not hitherto been performed.

Things don't always go as planned.

As much as is recorded here has been left off the album and will appear on other volumes that will come soon, most notably Blaque Daze and the aptly titled End Daze. There's no real timeline now given that 'it is what it is' and there's no guarantee on how much longer I've got left.

The philosophy behing this album was to record it clean and without click tracks and that vocals and guitar would be recorded in a way that emulated my live performances through the years from 2011 until 2016. It was to go further than BLaque Monday scratched the surface of. Again it was to be largely sans drums, since almost all of my live music was done in that way and this singlehandedly contributed to the 'no frills' style of guitar that I put forward.

While I mention record it clean, the meaning their is not in a literal sense, since there are numerous production affectations that I chose to leave in, for example guitar amplifier hiss (somewhat of a 'no no' in the modern digital recording world) and at the same time 'gaffs in vocals' where i'd perhaps missed a word or in fact sung the wrong word, were simply left in, because that's how live shows are. Sometimes they're perfect and sometimes they've got glitches. So while I said I wanted a clean album, the meaning really was a no frills album in terms of getting the songs started. As indicated a few times the tracks were all recorded live with vocals and guitar being recorded simultaneously.

The process of recording in this way puts so much strain on any overdubs since there's no time coding or set meter and when doing overdubs you're either doing them blind or looking at renderings of .wav files on Digital Audio Workstations aka DAWs. I can really feel that my early 1980's experience of working on open reel helped me here since a lot of those times were also done 'blind'. Doing the music in this way was an integral part of what I was trying to do, since when I played the songs live there was only that 'isolation' you feel on the stage when it all comes down to you and the instrument (or voice).

One other thing and something I mentioned a little earlier is that all tracks were performed live with guitar and vocal and all the original takes are still on the final recordings. This aspect makes the songs and the experience of ToiL more real for me, more satisfying in the sense that I feel I've given you (the people who listen) a live show.

I've included a lot of the songs from the early sessions (Feb 2016), but there are many as indicated that will be published at a later date. These songs all came from Steve BLaque or Blaque and Blunt or Charlotte Lowe shows from the aforementioned period. Some of those songs I was never the singer but took on the role to fulfill my plan of having these songs produced in a way that i was hearing them during those times.

Sitting on something for such a long time I was going stir crazy not putting it out to float through the world and the thought of it dying before it had that chance saddened me to the point that right now in March 2017 it's meant to go out.

Steve BLaque

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released March 27, 2017

Engineered, Produced and Mastered at Forbidden City Studio in Beijing
Produced by Steve BLaque
Mastered by In the Blue Corner Mastering Beijing
for Darktrunk and 52 North Records.
Album Artwork Levan Stanes
Steve BLaque Vocals and Instrumentation (All Guitars Bass Banjo Keyboards Piano Trumpet)
Special Guest on ToiL from the band Radiance
and on vocals is Miranda Vukasovic.
Additional vocals Heike Kagler Vocals
Leigh Ryan Drums The Cross.

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Steve Blaque singer, songwriter, Producer and engineer and owner of Forbidden CIty Studio in Beijing also performs in an unplugged environment with his favorite flavors of Indie and Grunge. Blaque has always said ''you don't need distortion to be grunge and you don't need twang to be Indie''. ... more

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Track Name: Who Do You Love
Who Do You Love
I walk forty-seven miles of barbed wire
I use a cobra snake for a necktie
I got a brand new house on the roadside
Made from rattlesnake hide
I got a brand new chimney made on top
Made out of a human skull
Now come on take a walk with me, Arlene
And tell me, who do you love?

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Tombstone hand and a graveyard mind
Just twenty-two and I don't mind dying

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

I rode a lion to town, used a rattlesnake whip
Take it easy Arlene, don't give me no lip

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Night was dark, but the sky was blue
Down the alley, the ice-wagon flew
Heard a bump, and somebody screamed
You should have heard just what I seen

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Arlene took me by my hand
And she said ooo-wee, Bo, you know I understand

Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?
Who do you love?

Songwriters
ELLAS MCDANIEL



Read more: Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Track Name: Impressionism
Thirst
When I think of fates worse than death
All I can think of is something you said
You said we were golden, bright like the sun
And now I am stranded
Knowing I’m not the one

An ocean of anger
Flowing through me
Blood stained and broken
From when I fell to sea
And just like a snake charmer
You led me astray
Living in distress
Hoping help is on the way

In the midst of a storm
Searching for shelter
I came upon
One single feather
A half-hearted wish
For something better
Gracefully cursed, I thirst

Attached to the soil
I’m guiding the wool
As I am in my blood
Yet so venerable
But after I’m gone
Once I finally leave
You will be left alone
To the wolves and the thieves

In the midst of a storm
Searching for shelter
I came upon
One single feather
A half-hearted wish
For something better
Gracefully cursed, I thirst
Gracefully cursed, I thirst
Gracefully cursed, I thirst
I thirst

China Girl
I could escape this feeling, with my China girl
I feel a wreck without my, little China girl
I hear her heart beating, loud as thunder
Saw they stars crashing
I'm a mess without my, little China girl
Wake up mornings where's my, little China girl
I hear her heart's beating, loud as thunder
Saw they stars crashing down
I feel a-tragic like I'm Marlon Brando
When I look at my China girl
I could pretend that nothing really meant too much
When I look at my China girl
I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
Plans for everyone
It's in the whites of my eyes
My little China girl
You shouldn't mess with me
I'll ruin everything you are
You know, I'll give you television
I'll give you eyes of blue
I'll give you men's who want to rule the world
And when I get excited
My little China girl says
Oh baby, just you shut your mouth
She says, sh-sh-shhh
She says, sh-sh-shhh
She says
She says
And when I get excited
My little China girl says
Oh baby, just you shut your mouth
And when I get excited
My little China girl says
Oh baby, just you shut your mouth
She says, sh-sh-shhh
She says

Oh, oh, oh, little China girl
Oh, oh, oh, little China girl
Oh, oh, oh, little China girl
Oh, oh, oh, little China girl

Fly Like an Eagle
"Fly Like An Eagle"

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I'm free
Oh, Lord, through the revolution

Feed the babies
Who don't have enough to eat
Shoe the children
With no shoes on their feet
House the people
Livin' in the street
Oh, oh, there's a solution

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I'm free
Fly through the revolution

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I'm free
Fly through the revolution

Feed the babies
Who don't have enough to eat
Shoe the children
With no shoes on their feet
House the people
Livin' in the street
Oh, oh, there's a solution
Oh, oh, there's a solution
Oh, oh, there's a solution
Oh, oh, there's a solution
Track Name: The Cross
The Cross
Black day, stormy night
No love, no hope in sight
Don't cry, he is coming
Don't die without knowing the cross
Ghettos to the left of us
Flowers to the right
There'll be bread for all of us
If we can just bear the cross

Sweet song of salvation
A pregnant mother sings
She lives in starvation
Her children need all that she brings

We all have our problems
Some big, some are small
Soon all of our problems
Will be taken by the cross

Black day, stormy night
No love, no hope in sight
Don't cry for he is coming
Don't die without knowing the cross

Ghettos to the left of us
Flowers to the right
There'll be bread for all, y'all
If we can just, just bear the cross, yeah

We all have our problems
Some are big, some are small
Soon all of our problems, y'all
Will be taken by the cross

The cross
The cross

Written by Prince Rogers Nelson
Track Name: Isolation
"Isolation"

People say we got it made.
Don't they know we're so afraid?
Isolation.

We're afraid to be alone,
everybody got to have a home.
Isolation.

Just a boy and a little girl,
trying to change the whole wide world.
Isolation.

The world is just a little town,
everybody trying to put us down.
Isolation.

I don't expect you to understand,
after you've caused so much pain.
But then again, you're not to blame.
You're just a human, a victim of the insane.

We're afraid of everyone,
Afraid of the sun.
Isolation

The sun will never disappear,
but the world may not have many years.
Isolation.

john lennon
Track Name: What About Me
What About Me
You poisoned my sweet water.
You cut down my green trees.
The food you fed my children
Was the cause of their disease.

My world is slowly fallin' down
And the airs not good to breathe.
And those of us who care enough,
We have to do something...

[Chorus]
Oh... oh What you gonna do about me?
Oh... oh What you gonna do about me?

Your newspapers,
They just put you on.
They never tell you
The whole story.

They just put your
Young ideas down.
I was wonderin' could this be the end
Of your pride and glory?

[Chorus]

I work in your factory.
I study in your schools.
I fill your penitentiaries.
And your military too!

And I feel the future trembling,
As the word is passed around.
"If you stand up for what you do believe,
Be prepared to be shot down."

[Chorus]

And I feel like a stranger
In the land where I was born
And I live like an outlaw.
An' I'm always on the run...

An I'm always getting busted
And I got to take a stand...
I believe the revolution
Must be mighty close at hand...

[Chorus]

I smoke marijuana
But I can't get behind your wars.
And most of what I do believe
Is against most of your laws

I'm a fugitive from injustice
But I'm goin' to be free.
Cause your rules and regulations
They don't do the thing for me

[Chorus]

And I feel like a stranger
In the land where I was born
And I live just like an outlaw.
An' I'm always on the run.
Songwriters: JESSIE FARROW
Track Name: All Yer Lies
all yer lies

right off the bat
i need to say to yu
that there are things
that i gotta talk through
before it
gets a whole lot worse
knowing that
i don't want the hurt

chorus
no i don't want
no i don't care
no i don't feel the need
no i don't want
no i don't care
no i don't feel the fucking need
to listen to
to listen to
to listen to
all of your lies
all of you lies

so how about
we take a moment
to turn things around
and hear what i got to say
because strange as it seems
i'm gettin' tired of yer stories
n' i'm over all the games
they've become so boring

chorus
no i don't want
no i don't care
no i don't feel the need
no i don't want
no i don't care
no i don't feel the fucking need
to listen to
to listen to
to listen to
all of your lies
all of you lies

middle 8
so now yer gonna have to listen to how i feel
i gues you'll think it all so surreal
but in a nutshell this is what it's been like
and finally i get to say what's goin' on
in my mind
in my mind
in my mind

chorus
no i don't want
no i don't care
no i don't feel the need
no i don't want
no i don't care
no i don't feel the fucking need
to listen to
to listen to
to listen to
all of your lies
all of you lies
Track Name: When the Levee Breaks
Levee Breaks
If it keeps on rainin' levee's goin' to break
If it keeps on rainin' levee's goin' to break
When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay.
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Lord mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home
Oh well oh well oh well.
Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They go no work to do,
If you don't know about Chicago.
Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
Now, cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.
All last night sat on the levee and moaned,
All last night sat on the levee and moaned,
Thinkin' 'bout me baby and my happy home.
Going, go'n' to Chicago,
Go'n' to Chicago,
Sorry but I can't take you.
Going down, going down now, going down
going down now, going down, going down, going down, going down
Going down, going down now, going down
going down now, going down
going down now, going down
Going d-d-d-d-down
Woo woo

Written by Joe Mccoy
Track Name: Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker

The police in New York City
They chased a boy right through the park
And in a case of mistaken identity
The put a bullet through his heart

Heart breakers with your forty four
I want to tear your world apart
You heart breaker with your forty four
I want to tear your world a part

A ten year old girl on a street corner
Sticking needles in her arm
She died in the dirt of an alleyway
Her mother said she had no chance, no chance!

Heart breaker, heart breaker
She stuck the pins right in her heart
Heart breaker, pain maker
Stole the love right out of you heart

Oh yeah, oh yeah
Want to tear your world apart
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Want to tear your world apart

Heart breaker, heart breaker
You stole the love right out of my heart
Heart breaker, heart breaker
I want to tear that world
I want to tear that world
I want to tear that world apart

Heart breaker, heart breaker
Stone love, stone love
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Heartbreaker, heartbreaker
Want to tear that world apart

Doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo

Written by Keith Richards, Mick Jagger
Track Name: Les Darcy
Les Darcy

He was a blacksmith's striker
a stocky man not too tall
Was he our greatest ever fighter
or did he lose to shirk the war.

From the back blocks of Maitland
in the nature of those bare knuckle days
he became a majorl drawcard
a national figure fighting for pay.

but a nation at war
had no time for such a sport
with distressed mothers sobbing tears
for their sons
they cried
cowardice and rort
cowardice and rort

some say white feathers
forced Les Darcy out
sadly but a common stowaway
was the national champion of stoush

These were times of misfortune
men of scurrilous corruption and graft
Les Darcy a long way from Maitland
In America enacting a farce

Forced to fight in vaudeville
some say he was taken for a ride
and on a training run in Memphis
deeply ill he collapsed and then he died.

Steve BLaque
Track Name: Sex Bomb
Sex Bomb

Spy on me baby use satellite
Infrared to see me move through the night
Aim gonna fire shoot me right
Aim gonna like the way you fight
And I love the way you fight

Now you found the secret code
I use to wash away my lonely blues well
So I can't deny or lie cause you're a
Sexbomb sexbomb you're a sexbomb uh, huh
You can give it to me when I need to come along give it to me
Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb
And baby you can turn me on baby you can turn me on
You know what you're doing to me don't you. ha ha,
I know you do

No don't get me wrong ain't gonna do you no harm no
This bomb's made for lovin' and you can shoot it far
I'm your main target come and help me ignite ow
Love struck holding you tight hold me tight darlin'

Make me explode although you know the route to go to sex me slow slow baby
And yes
I must react to claims of those who say that you are not all that huh, huh,
Huh

Sexbomb sexbomb you're a sexbomb
You can give it to me when I need to come along
Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb
And baby you can turn me on turn me on darlin'
Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb sexbomb
You can give it to me when I need to come along
Sexbomb sexbomb your're my sexbomb
And baby you can turn me on

You can give me more and more counting up the score
Yeah
You can turn me upside down inside out
You can make me feel the real deal uh uh
I can give it to you any time because you're mine
Ouch, sexbomb, aw baby

Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb
And you can give it to me when I need to be turned on
No, no
Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb
And baby you can turn me on turn me on
And baby you can turn me on turn me on
Baby you can turn me on turn me on
Ooh baby you can turn me on turn me on
Baby you can turn me on oh
Baby you can turn me on oh
Baby you can turn me on
Well baby you can turn me on

Written by Narada Michael Walden, Lisa Walden, Allee Willis, Joni Sledge, Mustafa Gondogd
Track Name: Season's Change
"Seasons (Waiting On You)" by The Future Islands


[Verse]

Am7 G
Seasons change, And I tried hard just to soften you
Am7 G
Seasons change, But I've grown tired of trying to change for you

Am7 G
Cause I've been waiting on you, I’ve been waiting on you
Am7 G
Cause I've been waiting on you, I’ve been waiting on you


[Chorus]

C Em Am
As it breaks, the summer will wake
G Am C
But the winter will wash what is left of the taste
Em Am
As it breaks, the summer will warm
G Am
But the winter will crave what is gone
G Am Am7
Will crave what has all... gone away


[Verse]

Am7 G
People change, You know but some people never do
Am7 G
You know when people change They gain a peace but they lose one too
Am7 G
Cause I've been hanging on you, I’ve been waiting on you
Am7 G
Cause I've been waiting on you, I’ve been hanging on you


[Chorus]

C Em Am
As it breaks, the summer will wake
G Am C
But the winter will wash what is left of the taste
Em Am
As it breaks, the summer will warm
G Am
But the winter will crave what is gone
G Am Am7
Will crave what has all... gone away
Track Name: Working Class Hero
Lyrics
As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function you're so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There's room at the top they're telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

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